The VERAX Compact Flange System
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Acceptance in Sweden

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Acceptance of VCF in Sweden has been a prime target for VERAX since a domestic market has been considered an important factor for expansion into other countries. An acceptance in Sweden would make it easier to primarily enter other countries in Europe and secondarily other parts of the world.

But Swedish authorities (they have varied over time) has from the beginning shown a high degree of ignorance and unwillingness to handle VCF.

Today VCF may be used in nuclear power plants and in so called "internal piping systems", but not in any other system due to limitations in the acceptance rules set by the Workers Board of Safety (Arbetarskyddsstyrelsen).

1977 - 1982 Since the Swedish Pressure Vessel Rules (Tryckkärlsnormerna) in detail describe how a pressure vessel may be designed, and they contain design rules not applicable to VCF (i.e bolt dimensioning due to bending forces that exist in conventional flanges but not in VCF), VERAX tries to convince the Swedish Pressure Vessel Commission (Tryckkärlskommisionen, TK) to write specific design rules adopted for compact flanges. VERAX offers TK all its knowledge in the matter, but after having informed VERAX that a person is assigned the issue nothing is heard from TK until VERAX four years later requests the result. It turns out that TK has dismissed the issue due to lack of  knowledge and understanding and forgot to inform VERAX of the decision.
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1993 - 1995 In 1991 Norsk Hydro Sverige AB and OK Petroleum AB are granted a taxcut by Nils G. Åsling (s) for funding a rebuild of Scanraff in Stenungssund, Sweden with best possible technology in order to reduce environment damage. VERAX sees this as an opportunity to get VCF accepted. But best possible technology turns out to be just empty words with no meaning. The downloadable documentation shows very clear how poor political decisions are implemented and enforced.
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1993 - ? Several large Swedish users of flanges has expressed their faith in VCF, but dare not switch to this new technology before they have 100% proof that they will not face any acceptance problems during installation. VERAX therefore decides to push acceptance in Sweden as a key issue. This is still an open issue where the prime minister Göran Persson (s) has proved the true meaning of his "National cooperation for unemployment" ("Nationell samling för jobben").
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